Chapter 11 “Show Me in the Law”: The Use of the Argument of the Law (Torah) in the Dispute between the Muslim Emir and the Patriarch Yuhannon

In: The Challenge of the Mosaic Torah in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Martin Tamcke
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The dialogue between the Muslim Emir and the Patriarch Yuhannon is an important document of early Christian-Muslim dialogue. It may date back to the earliest days of the Islamic conquests of the Christian world on the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Even though this archaic text is no detailed and accurate protocol of discussion, it is significant for historical reasons. The text illustrates the milieu of Jewish-Christian-Muslim relations in the early time, when it was possible to hold a trialogue between the Abrahamic religions in a relatively positive atmosphere—later there was more tensions in these discussions.

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